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Name: Edward Peck "Ted" Curtis
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) Edward Curtis
Country: United States
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: United States Air Service
Units: 95th Aero
Victories: 6
Born: 14 January 1897
Place of Birth: Rochester, New York, USA
Died: 13 March 1987
Place of Death: Rochester, New York, USA
After joining the United States Air Service in 1917, Edward Peck Curtis, the son of Mrs. G. T. Curtis of Rochester, New York, was assigned to the 95th Aero Squadron on 14 February 1918. Flying the SPAD XIII, he was credited with six victories making him the third highest scoring ace of his squadron. After the war, he was employed by the Eastman Kodak Company. Recalled to duty during World War II, he served with the United States Army Air Force, attaining the rank of Major General.
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Edward P. Curtis, First Lieutenant (Air Service), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in the region of Stenay, France, September 27, 1918. Lieutenant Curtis volunteered to perform a reconnaissance patrol of particular danger and importance 30 kilometers within the enemy's territory. He made the entire journey through a heavy antiaircraft and machine-gun fire, and flew at an extremely low altitude to secure the desired information.
General Orders No. 138, W.D., 1918
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 27 May 1918 1740 95th   Two-seater 1 St. Mihiel-Flirey
2 16 Jul 1918 95th   Two-seater 2 Château Thierry
3 27 Sep 1918 1814 95th   Rumpler C 3 Montfaucon
4 03 Oct 1918 1707 95th   LVG C 4 Dannevaux
5 22 Oct 1918 1620 95th   Fokker D.VII Marq-Brieulles
6 23 Oct 1918 1630 95th   Fokker D.VII 5 St. Juvain-Grande Pre

1 Shared with Lt A H McLanahan, Lt E Burford, Lt G F Fisher
2 Shared with Lt Sumner Sewall
3 Shared with Lt Harold Buckley, Lt J H Popperfuss
4 Shared with Lt Hamilton Coolidge, Lt Edward Rickenbacker
5 Shared with Lt Lansing Holden
American Aces of World War 1
by Norman Franks, Harry Dempsey (Illustrator) / Paperback / Osprey Publishing (September 25, 2001)
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
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